Top 7 Best Historical Books for 5-year-olds

Travel back in time with this list of the best historical books for 5-year-olds. Whether you're looking to discover the dinosaur world, delve into the stories of World War II, or uncover the realities of all sorts of eras from the Tudors to the Victorians, you'll find it all here.

1. Stone Age Adventures

Vivian French

Discover a world of Stone Age bedlam in this series of adventures featuring Pod, Pim and Little Nut. In Brother Trouble, Pim's brothers are up to mischief and are driving her mad, leaving a mess wherever they go and preventing Pim from learning how to make pots! Can they be stopped? In Beware of Bears, the gang go off to fish, but there's big trouble when a hungry bear shows up! These wonderful books are great for helping kids learn to read confidently.

2. Sticker Dressing: Shakespeare

Rachel Firth

This gorgeous interactive book will introduce kids to the brilliant Bard through super stickers and exciting dressing-up fun! Prepare the actors with amazing costumes as they get ready to take to the stage. This book is the perfect introduction to Shakespeare, and is sure to inspire a life-long love of the Bard of Avon and his works.

3. Horrible Histories Series

Discover the gruesome, the gory and the ghastly side of history in these fun-filled, hilarious books. They feature lots of eras in wonderfully funny detail, including the Awful Egyptians, the Savage Stone Age, the Terrible Tudors and lots, lots more.

4. Magic Tree House Series

Mary Pope Osborne

When 8-year-old Jack and his little sister Annie find a tree house in the woods, filled with books, they discover that this incredible, magical place can take them to all sorts of thrilling times and locations! Travel back to prehistoric times, Ancient Greece, medieval England, Ancient China and many more exciting eras in this riveting adventure series.

5. The Castle in the Field

Michael Morpurgo

Specially designed for children who struggle with reading, this exciting story by much-loved author Michael Morpurgo will hugely boost children's reading confidence. It tells the tale of Chris, Lisa, Tom and their secret hide-out, an old WWII pill-box, but this hide-out is on Old Rafferty's land - and he hates kids! With gorgeous illustrations, children will be captivated by this brilliant book.

6. World War II Tales

Terry Deary

Discover gripping stories of the Second World War on the Home Front from bestselling children's author Terry Deary, writer of many of the Horrible Histories books. In The Phantom Farm, food is scarce and rationing is taking hold, but plenty of people are turning to the black market to get more than their fair share. In The Barrel Burglary, the local factory owner won't help support the Home Front, so they decide to use rather unconventional methods... Discover these and many more engaging WWII tales.

7. The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame

Published in 1908, this unforgettable tale stars Mole, who pokes his nose out of his burrow and discovers that the world is a very exciting place. He comes to meet brave Ratty, kind old Badger and the pesky Mr. Toad, and they all set off on a thrilling adventure together. Charming and engaging, children will adore this delightful story.

  • AHXBC 5 years +
    Kenneth Grahame
    5 years +
    • £14.29
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    This timeless story opens with Mole leaving his spring-cleaning and going above ground to explore the world beyond his burrow. Making friends with Ratty, the two become inseparable and together they spend long summer days enjoying the delights of the river and its banks. Then they meet the impetuous Toad and the distinguished though slightly stern Mr Badger and find themselves caught up in a series of adventures to rescue Toad from his own reckless behaviour and return him safely to Toad Hall. Stolen cars, prison sentences, daring escapes, and dastardly villains all feature in this classic tale of high-adventure and rock-solid friendship. The Wind in the Willows is a story full of beautifully-drawn characters. It is cherished from one generation to the next and so makes a perfect choice for a gift book as it will be enjoyed in equal measure by those tucked up in bed hearing the story for the first time and those who remember many of its lines fondly as they read the story aloud for their young listeners. Now available with a set of 32 beautifully illustrated character cards, perfect for playing family-favourite games such as snap or pairs.
  • AMZEE 5 years +
    Terry Deary
    5 years +
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    Stories of the Second World War on the Home Front from the bestselling Terry Deary, author of the hugely successful Horrible Histories. With food scarce and rationing taking hold, plenty of people turned to the black market to get more than their share. In this tale, a girl finds herself mixed up in a spiv's illegal dealings - and what is the secret of the haunted farm?
  • ALZGP 5 years +
    Terry Deary
    5 years +
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    A new series of Horrible Histories sticker activity books, crammed with quick quizzes, foul facts and putrid pictures, the explosive Horrible Histories Sticker Activity Book: Awful Egyptians covers all things horrible in ancient Egypt. With over 250 savage stickers, children can help to explore perilous pyramids, meet suffering slaves and saunter past scheming sphinxes. But be careful not to get lost for ever in the mummifying mazes!
  • AMMME 5 years +
    Mary Pope Osborne
    5 years +
    • £5.89
    Eight-year-old Jack and his little sister, Annie, are playing in the woods during their summer holiday, when they find a mysterious tree house full of books. But these are no ordinary books ...And this is no ordinary tree house ...Jack and Annie get more than they had bargined for when Jack opens a book about dinosaurs and wishes he could see them for real. They end up in prehistoric times with Pteranodons, Triceratops and a huge Tyrannosaurus Rex! How will they get home again? The race is on ...!
  • CFM2 5 years +
    Michael Morpurgo MBE
    5 years +
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    Young readers love reading the works of Michael Morpurgo and this illustrated edition of The Castle in the Field will be no exception. In this story for children aged 5 plus, the former Children's Laureate and War Horse author tells the story of Chris, Lisa, Tom and their secret hide-out.

    The trio spend their days in this special place in the Castle, an old WWII pill-box. But the Castle is on the miserly Old Rafferty's land - and he hates kids. Soon Chris, Lisa and Tom are in trouble when they're locked in...

    Especially designed for those who struggle with reading (including dyslexic children), this is a very exciting story that will work as a wonderful introduction to Michael Morpurgo.
  • APWRB 6 years +
    Vivian French
    6 years +
    • £8.99
    Vivian French introduces us to a world of stone age chaos as we follow the adventures of Pod, Pim and Little Nut. In Brother Trouble, Pim is being pushed to the limit by her brothers, who are up to mischief! They leave a mess wherever they go and keep stopping Pim from getting to learn how to make pots. When she finally gets started, all her brothers can do is sling mud! Where will the chaos end? This is the second Stone Age Adventures book. Race Ahead with Reading is the perfect introduction to reading chapters with brand new page turning reads in five short bite size chapters, to encourage children to take the driving seat with their reading.
  • SDSH 5 years +
    Rachel Firth
    5 years +
    • £1.99
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    The Sticker Dolly Dressing books have been huge hits for the Book People and now we're delighted some of William Shakespeare's much-loved characters, including Hamlet and Macbeth, are part of this bestselling series.

    With over 200 stickers to choose from, children aged 5 and over will have so much fun dressing up the actors as they prepare to take the stage to appear in one of the Bard's famous plays!

    A fun and accessible introduction to the work and characters of Shakespeare, this sticker book is sure to inspire children to look into his works further...